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QUASAR was formed in 1979 by founder Keith Turner. They found themselves to
be amongst a movement of British bands during the early 1980s, including
Marillion, Pendragon, Twelfth Night, Solstice and Pallas, that continued in
the progressive rock style created by 1970s bands such as Genesis and Yes.

Though there have been line-up changes over the years, Quasar is still
producing music. They are currently working on their 5th album for release
in 2013.

==Lineup==

Robert Robinson - vocals, keyboards, (joined 2008)
Clancy Ferrill - electric and acoustic guitars - (Joined 2012)
Keren Gaiser - vocals, keyboards - (Joined 2009)
Keith Turner - bass guitar, 12 string guitar, Moog Taurus (Founding Member)
Paul Johnson - drums, percussion (joined 2011)

Former members:
Mike Kenwright - vocals
Paul Vigrass - vocals
Susan Robinson - vocals
Tracy Hitchings - vocals
Steve Clarke - drums
Steen Doosing - drums
David Cairns - drums
David Wagstaffe - drums
John Clark - guitar
Cyrus Khajavi - guitar
Kevin Fitzgerald - guitar
Uwe D'Rose - guitar
Toshi Tsuchiya - guitar
Geoff Banks - keyboards
Peter Ware - keyboards
Peter Shade - keyboards
Dillon Tonkin - keyboards
Steve Leigh - keyboards
Pj Shadowhawk - Drums
Greg Studley - Guitar

== Discography ==
Fire in the Sky (1981)
Fire in Harmony (1985)
The Loreli (1989)
Quasar Live 1984 - 1990 (2010)
Live 2011 - (2012)
The Eyes of The Innocents (2013 In production)

==History==
In 1979, Quasar was formed with Keith Turner and Mike Kenwright writing
songs in the Progressive Rock style. They soon found Steve Clarke, John
Clark and Geoff Banks and so the band began. It didn't take long for the
potential of the musicians to be realised, as John Clark left to join Bill
Bruford's Band Earthworks, Steve Clarke left to tour with Billy Cobham and
Mike Kenwright left to join another band.

Quasar was soon joined by Cyrus Khajavi on guitar, on keyboard, Paul Vigrass
as vocalist, Peter Ware on keyboards, Peter Shade on vibes and keyboards and
Steen Doosing on drums. Keith Turner handled the bass, Moog Taurus and
twelve string guitar.

In 1981, released their debut album Fire in the Sky. After a short burst of
live shows Paul Vigrass, Steen Doosing, Peter Shade and Peter Ware left the
band to be replaced by Susan Robinson, who has just left Solsti...
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3.25 | 21 ratings
Fire In The Sky
1982
3.25 | 23 ratings
The Loreli
1989

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2.05 | 4 ratings
Quasar Live 1984 - 1990
2010
3.97 | 7 ratings
Live 2011
2012

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 Live 2011 by QUASAR album cover Live, 2012
3.97 | 7 ratings

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Live 2011
Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK band QUASAR was formed back in 1979, and is generally regarded as one of the lesser known bands in the so called neo progressive movement. They managed to record and release two albums, one in 1982 and one in 1989, and had at least three totally different line-ups in that period too. Then all went quite about this band, until they resurfaced as a US based band a few years ago. "Live 2011" is the second of two live albums they have released since then, and their first album featuring an all new, US based line-up.

The music on this album as well as their previous ones belongs in the neo progressive category. Melodic and accessible progressive rock, with a basis in the 1970's symphonic part of the progressive rock universe. The majority of the songs revolves around alternating gentle, slow or sparse movements, occasionally developing into arrangements richer in instrument textures with ones more pace-filled and energetic or richly layered, majestic constructions not based on an initial theme of a gentler or more sparse starting point. The band utilize the tonal ranges fairly well throughout to create both distinct and more subtle contrasts, and the guitars will occasionally add some darker toned impact riffs as well. Perhaps with less dramatic touches than some other neo progressive bands tend to opt for, but a sound and a style those who love the original neo progressive bands will find enticing. For just about the first time in the history of this band they have a decent recording quality on their material too.

I'll have to admit that on some occasions, I actually found some of the earlier versions of their compositions subtly more enticing, although the only song that gave me a strong and distinct impression of that nature was Power In Your Hands. Current vocalist Keren Gaiser is arguably a better vocalist as far as subtle details go, but on this particular song I found former vocalist Hatchings more dramatic and emotional delivery better suited to my personal taste. And while I'll be damned if I can expand upon it, I did think some of the other songs while overall coming across as improved in execution and performance perhaps have lost some minor dramatic edges on the way too. The one new track present on this disc does give promise for future studio albums by Quasar, a pleasant addition to their repertoire that I suspect might truly soar when recorded in a studio with it's gentle ballad slowly developing to more majestic and dramatic territories until a final dramatic eruption.

While I personally I find their second studio album "The Loreli" to be their most intriguing production so far, I'd recommend those unfamiliar with Quasar to start their inspection of the band with this live album due to an overall better recording quality on this more recent production. With those fond of neo progressive rock as it was made back in the 1980's as a likely key audience.

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 Quasar Live 1984 - 1990 by QUASAR album cover Live, 2010
2.05 | 4 ratings

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Quasar Live 1984 - 1990
Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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2 stars UK band QUASAR have been around for a good 30 years by now, with a constant array of line-up alterations along the way. Following the release of two studio albums in the 1980's they more or less disappeared, but suddenly reappeared again in 2010 with the live album "Live 1984 - 1990"

The initial four tracks here are live recordings by the 1984 edition of Quasar. And on stage it appears that this band was vastly superior to the studio entity that recorded their debut album two years earlier. In Susan Robinson they had a strong female vocalist that gave the songs a much stronger presence overall, and the songs themselves appears as far more dynamic and sophisticated on stage than they appear on the album. More contrast, more depth, more tension.

The following five pieces documents that the 1990 line-up of Quasar can be described in very much the same manner. Hitchings is the lead vocalist on these recordings, and she's just as able on stage than in the studio if not even more so, and the band as such appears to be a tighter and more vital entity when performing in front of a live audience.

When that has be said, this is a live album that comes with it's fair share of shortcomings too, and in this case they are fairly massive. I don't know what happened when this disc was put together, but something has gone terribly amiss in the mix and mastering process. Turning the volume up and down from track to track is not something you enjoy doing when listening to an album, and this is a case where you have to adjust a lot. Second track Fire in the Sky in particular suffers from this, so much lower mixed than the other songs that it is quite shocking I'm afraid.

Another and more major fault is the recording quality. Opening cut Seeing Stars from the 1984 version of the band the worst of the lot, so uneven, unbalanced and generally poorly recorded that this one comes pretty close to being unlistenable. And while the recording quality of final track Power In Your Hands is somewhat better, the uneven recording quality that especially makes the gentler parts of this song suffer a lot makes me give this one a rather similar conclusion. The other tracks are marginally better recorded, by chance or by accident, but this is by no means a collection of live cuts recorded in a professional manner. This is bootleg quality live material, and substandard at that.

As far as live albums go, this archival collection from Quasar is one that can only be recommended to a select few people: Those who saw the band live back in 1984 and 1990 and dearly want to dream their way back to the actual concerts, and to ardent fans of the band that have a strong need to find out what the band sounded like live back then. A live album for the very specially interested only, even if the performance of the band as such doesn't leave much to be desired.

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 The Loreli  by QUASAR album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.25 | 23 ratings

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Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK band QUASAR was formed back in 1979, and is a band that suffered from a multitude of line-up alterations in their early history. The one constant member is bassist Keith Turner, the only remaining member from the foundation of the band to the constellation that released their debut album "Fire in the Sky" in 1982, and he was also the sole member of that line-up still in the band when their second production "The Loreli" appeared in 1989.

Seven years and a brand new line-up had done a lot for Quasar as a band. As had better recording quality and production I surmise. Like their debut album this is a production that will be regarded as a neo progressive one. Accessible, melodic symphonic progressive rock, albeit with more of a sophisticated nature to it than the material on their debut album.

A central premise in the band's sound on this occasion is the manner in which the bass guitar is rather central in the arrangements. On one hand the bass is in tight interplay with the drums to construct a firm drive and rhythm foundation, but on the other hand it serves as the main contrasting element in the compositions. The guitar may chime in with the occasional darker toned texture, but is first and foremost used as a resonating light toned supplemental motif provider when not providing guitar soloing harmonizing with or supplementing the keyboards. The keyboards mainly use the lighter tones of the register to provide layers of surging and playful symphonic textures and backdrops to the proceedings. The bass guitar is the one constant provider of darker toned motifs to contrast the otherwise lighter toned instrument details, and due to that gets a more distinct placement in the arrangements. Which may also be the reason for why Turner's bass and pedals are also utilized in a more melodic sense than ordinary.

The compositions are accessible and melodic creations all, alternating between gentler movements and sections sporting either a more intense and majestic expression or the occasional lapse into sections of pace-filled and more intense excursions. The latter occasionally containing minor references to bands like ELP. What adds a lot more life and intensity to this album are the lead vocals. Tracy Hitchings is the singer on this disc, and her expressive, emotional voice is of the kind that comes with drama and tension as a natural element. While the instrumental constructions might be a bit too smooth for some, the raw emotion of Hitchings lead vocals adds nerve and tension aplenty to keep matters interesting. All of these elements arguably finding their perfect form on final track Power In Your Hands.

While both production and most instrument textures comes with a distinct 80's sound to them, and due to that will have a limited appeal, "The Lorelei" is a fine example of neo progressive rock from the 1980's, and if you enjoy that kind of music in general and are fond of the melodic, accessible variety of it in particular this album merits a check. Especially for those who have a soft spot for emotional, dramatic female lead vocals.

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 Fire In The Sky by QUASAR album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.25 | 21 ratings

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Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK band QUASAR, these days relocated to the US, was formed in the late 70's. Following a just about total line-up alteration they recorded and released their debut album "Fire in the Sky" in 1982, a production that have subsequently been reissued on CD. The version this review describes is a digital promo for the latter, which in this particular case is worth noting.

Musically we're dealing with a band bound to be placed in the neo progressive sphere whether you'll like it or not. A UK band releasing their debut album in the early 1980's with symphonic progressive rock as their chosen style will always end up with this categorization by way of history. In this case to some extent due to style too, admittedly.

Following a very nice, energetic symphonic introduction, Quasar heads straight into the more accessible field of neo progressive rock on this album. The compositions are light, soft and smooth in construction, with a fairly typical melodic lead vocalist supported by what appears to be a fairly traditional instrument foundation. No major alterations in pace or intensity, no drastic thematic developments or traits otherwise distinctly out of the ordinary. Apart from the keyboards that is. Richly layered, soft keyboards coat and cover the arrangements, sometimes opting for a few dramatic flourishes but first and foremost melodic, harmonic and accessible. At least as the music comes across on this edition. Epic length Mission 14 is the main exception to this description, and as such also a standout composition on this album as far as I'm concerned. I might also add that the compositions as such, even if of a kind and character that invites to the neo progressive tag, draws their influences from the symphonic progressive rock of the 70's. Just like the majority of the other bands given the neo progressive description at that time.

What may be lacking in my own and others understanding of this version of Quasar's debut album is that it appears to be lifted from a less than perfect source. The amounts of hiss and clicks that is a presence throughout suggests that the source for this CD has been a vinyl LP, and one played a few times at that. Which isn't the perfect source to use when you want to reproduce the sounds of a sophisticated band. Details disappear, especially when I get the impression that this wasn't a high budget recording in the first place.

The promo edition I got contained two bonus items: Fire in the Harmony, an alternative version of the latter two parts of Quasar's UFO cycle (tracks 6-7 on the original LP) and UFO, all four parts of the UFO cycle combined into a single track. The former is the most interesting of the two, as the female vocalist present on this take and the subtly more guitar based arrangement (unless I'm much mistaken and misheard) does add more vitality to this composition.

As long as you can live with the technical shortcomings of the CD edition of Quasar's debut album "Fire in the Sky", it is a nice trip into the gentler parts of early 1980's symphonic progressive rock, neo progressive or not, but if you want to get a presumably superior listening experience, the original vinyl LP is the one to go for. If you can find one of good quality and are willing and able to pay the price of such a presumably rare item that is. Be that as it may be, this is still a fine example of smooth, elegant and highly accessible early 1980's progressive rock.

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 Quasar Live 1984 - 1990 by QUASAR album cover Live, 2010
2.05 | 4 ratings

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Quasar Live 1984 - 1990
Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Logical progression

As the title implies this live album features tracks recorded over several different years. Quasar is a great band that has been plagued by line-up changes through the years and here we have tracks recorded with several different line-ups. The only constant member is Keith Turner who leads the band even today. The 80's tracks features Susan Robinson on lead vocals and the 1990 recordings feature Tracy Hitchings.

The songs are generally excellent, but the sound quality is sadly not the best on any of these recordings and now that the Live 2011 album has been released, the present release is no longer the best way to hear Quasar live on record. Much better sounding versions of Seeing Stars, Loreli, and Power In Your Hands are also featured on that much more recent live album. I much recommend anyone who wants to hear the band live on record to begin with Live 2011. Live 1984-1990 is primarily for the fans who wants to investigate the history and evolution of the band. The most interesting aspects of this album is the possibility to hear Robinson and Hitchings tackle the older material which originally featured male lead vocals.

After having been impressed by the excellent Live 2011, I am much looking forward to further releases by Quasar, both live and studio. A new studio album has been in the pipeline for some time now and I hope it will see the light of day this year. The few new songs I have heard so far are most promising (check the live videos on the band's ReverbNation site).

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 Live 2011 by QUASAR album cover Live, 2012
3.97 | 7 ratings

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Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars "Sometimes, if you listen hard, the heavens are calling you, beckoning forth, to a dark star, where deep at its core, hidden the secrets of what we're here for."

Formed in the late 70's, Quasar is one of the original Neo-Prog bands. To date they have released only two studio albums, Fire In The Sky in 1982 and The Loreli in 1989. A brand new studio album is however in the making and has been in the pipeline for several years now (though no release date is set). One song on this 2011 live album, In The Grand Scheme Of Things, will presumably feature on that forthcoming album.

The sound of Quasar can favourably be compared to that of Landmarq under Tracy Hitchings. This is of course not surprising as the latter band has its roots in Quasar with several members of Quasar having went on to become members of Landmarq including Hitchings who did what is in my opinion her greatest vocal performance ever on The Loreli. In my opinion, Quasar is the better band and the present live album features most of their best songs. At first I was somewhat disappointed because of the absence of Tracy Hitchings distinctive voice, but once I got over that I started to appreciate the voice of the gorgeous Keren Gaiser in its own right. Then I saw the video clips on the bands ReverbNation page, and was charmed by Gaiser's stage presence and all-in performance. She is something of a young Prog goddess with all the right moves, and she also plays extra keyboards. When you see this you are going to want to hear and see more from this band.

Overall, these are strong performances of a strong set of songs from both of the band's two 80's albums with a focus on the excellent The Loreli material. Seeing Stars whose two parts originally appeared on Fire In The Sky and The Loreli respectively are here brought together into a longer suite. Some parts of the songs from Fire In The Sky (which had male lead vocals) are here sung by Robert Robinson who also is the main keyboard player. The alternating male and female vocals works to good effect. The band's founder Keith Turner plays bass, Greg Studley plays guitar, and Paul Johnson the drums.

The lyrical themes explored include space (Seeing Stars and Mission 14), nightmares (As You Fall Asleep...), myths & legends (The Loreli), and even politics (on the anti-war song Power In Your Hands). Tracy Hitchings' otherworldly vocal performance on The Loreli will never be matched, but these new live versions have other things going for them, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as an introduction to this very good and terribly overlooked band. I am very happy to see that they still exist and play music today and this is very promising for the future. I'm looking forward to the band's new studio album and also hope for a live concert DVD in the future. I would certainly buy it!

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 Live 2011 by QUASAR album cover Live, 2012
3.97 | 7 ratings

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Live 2011
Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars So after literally hundreds of gigs, and nearly as many line-up changes, Keith decided to call it a day. But then in 2006 he reformed the band with new members Paul Johnson (drums), Robert Robinson (keyboards/vocals), Keren Gaiser (vocals/keyboards) and Clancy Ferrill (guitars). So from the band not having a 'real' keyboard player they now have two, but the real change to these ears is that they also now have two singers. This means that on numbers such as 'Seeing Stars (I & II)' they can utilize the strength of both, and they happily take turns at the front of the stage, while Keren takes the main role. Of the three albums to date, this is easily the best. The band are relaxed and happy onstage, and know exactly what they want to achieve with symphonic neo-prog that is inviting and easy to listen to without ever falling into the trap of being easy listening.

This is reminiscent of late Seventies Genesis, yet somehow in a more symphonic style, with stunning vocals throughout. Indeed, the only real question that has to be asked is why has this band never gained the acclaim they so richly deserve? Now based in the States, surely there are enough progheads over there to take this band to heart and provide the impetus for them to get out there, record a new studio album, and show everyone exactly what they are made of. Songs like 'As You Fall Asleep' are way more powerful on this album than on the studio version, imbued with new life and strength.

Based on what I can hear, Quasar are a much stronger band now than they were in the Eighties and deserve to be a name known by far more than just a few. For more details then visit their site at quasar.netne.net/ or their Reverb Nation store at www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_672607

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 The Loreli  by QUASAR album cover Studio Album, 1989
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The Loreli
Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars After the release of their debut album in 1985 the band changed approach bringing in female singer Susan Robinson (Solstice) on lead vocals and hitting the road. They definitely suffered with line-up changes, but in 1985 provided a track for the EMI compilation 'Fire In Harmony'. Dave Wagstaffe had joined on drums by then, and not long afterwards there was yet another major change with Tracy Hitchings joining on vocals, Steve Leigh on keyboards and Uwe D'Rose on guitar (Keith Turner was of course still there at the helm, providing bass). So, it wasn't until 1989 that the band started on this their second album, but during recording both Steve and Uwe left so Toshi Tsuchiya came in on guitar and midi guitar.

I still remember the first time I played this album, something over 20 years ago, as I fell in love with it immediately. It was the first time I had come across Tracy, and this felt like a perfect combination of soaring prog with vocals to match. Unlike the debut, where Keith had provided all of the material, this is much more of a band album although only the title song was co-written by two current members of the band. The keyboards do sound a little uncomplicated, but given that they were being played on a midi as opposed to 'proper' keyboards that probably isn't surprising. The star of the show is Tracy, and the music is designed to show her off in the best light. Here she is full of confidence and the production is spot on, allowing her to be a little 'dry' in places to really show off her quality as opposed to coating everything in reverb.

Although some of the keyboard sounds do appear little dated, since it is the best part of 25 years since it was released that really is a little picky as here is an album that neo-prog fans should investigate. Not long after the album was released and this line-up, like so many others, had disappeared. Dave joined forces with Uwe and Steve to form Landmarq with Steve Gee (Artemis), and Tracy departed to work with Clive Nolan on his Strangers On A Train projects and others, before finally joining Landmarq herself. So Quasar were never really able to maximize the potential of a wonderful piece of work, and as I write this (at the beginning of 2013) they have yet to release another studio album. That is nothing short of criminal as this is a great album and something that belongs in all prog lovers' collections. As with the debut, if you go to the band's website you can play all of the songs, so why not go and discover some prog history? quasar.netne.net/

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 Fire In The Sky by QUASAR album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.25 | 21 ratings

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Fire In The Sky
Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars After a gap that is probably the best part of 20 years, Keith Turner and I recently got back in touch again. To celebrate he sent me Quasar's two studio albums, and a live set capturing the band in 2011. So, starting with the very first, I have been playing 'Fire In The Sky' which came out in 1981 so it is now more than 30 years old! The prog scene in the UK really needs to be put into context here, as basically it didn't exist at the time. With the advent of punk, 'prog' was seen as a bad thing by the music press who then decided that it didn't exist. Of course that didn't stop bands from forming and playing, it just meant that it was virtually impossible to get any publicity.

Quasar were formed in 1979 by Keith Turner and Mike Kenwright, but soon the line-up changed quite dramatically so by the time of the release of their debut album only two years later just Keith was left. Cyrus Khajavi came in on guitar and keyboards, Paul Vigrass was vocalist, Peter Ware on keyboards, Peter Shade on vibes and keyboards, Steen Doosing on drums while Keith Turner handled the bass, Moog Taurus and twelve string guitar and provided all the songs.

One wonders what would have happened if these guys had stayed together long enough to properly tour this album as even now it is a joy to listen to. Yes, it does sound dated, but not as much as one might imagine. If I were to take one single album as a starting point then it would probably be 'And Then There Were Three', particularly with some of the keyboard sounds, but in many ways this is an important piece of work as it is one of a small number that was coming out of the underground in those days that would influence those yet to come. Twelfth Night had released a few tapes, and Pallas came out with 'Arrive Alive' in 1981 but IQ, Pendragon, Marillion et al had yet to release an album.

One of the real joys of 'Fire In The Sky' is the confidence of singer Paul Vigrass who really shines throughout. The production is a little thin in places but I found that it actually works really well and adds to the 'other worldy' aspect of the album as a whole. Coming to this album 'fresh', as I hadn't previously heard it, I found it quite surprising as I hadn't realized that the band had a male lead singer in the early days. But the dynamics in the band work incredibly well and given that this was an independent release more than 30 years ago is something that should be recognized. If you go to the band's website you can play all of the songs, so why not go and discover some prog history? quasar.netne.net/

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 Fire In The Sky by QUASAR album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.25 | 21 ratings

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Fire In The Sky
Quasar Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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2 stars Quasar's Fire In the Sky presents a set of the songs that had the potential to be a really nice concept album based around spacey UFO themes. Unfortunately, it's sabotaged by two things; the first is the production, and the second is the weak patches in the compositions.

As far as the production goes, there's no two ways about it: it stinks, and the vocals in particular are very badly affected. The album has a fuzzy, murky sound to it with only a few keyboard-led sections having any clarity to them whatsoever. Consequently, the finer points of the group's performance are obscured, which is a shame from what I can hear they seem like a pretty tight band. When it comes to the compositions, though, there are points where a particular lyrical or musical theme is leaned on a little too heavily - not horribly so, but enough to make me think the songs could have been improved with a bit of polishing.

On balance, I'm inclined to say Quasar's great tragedy was that they went into the studio a little too early; had they spent just a little bit longer smoothing out the rough edges on their songs, and had they held out until they had enough momentum behind them to get a somewhat better production quality on the album, it's quite likely they'll have been able to knock this album up a rank or two. (Granted, I don't know how viable that was given the band's circumstances at the time, but given that IQ, Twelfth Night, and Pendragon were all able to record albums with decent production values on small independent or self-managed labels at around this time I don't think it's an unreasonable expectation.) As it is, they ended up with a product which, despite showing promise, sounds more like a hastily-assembled demo tape than a fully realised album.

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